By Keith Ingham
They say where there is pleasure not far away, lurking in the shadows pain lies in wait to pour misery on it's next victim. Nothing could be more true when your a Leeds United supporter, after one of the best performances of the season, a 2-0 beating of Derby County, the moguls at the Football League decided that after nearly nine months Massimo Cellino was unfit to run the football club.
We have a 'troubled' relationship with the said Football League, seven years ago with the football club in utter chaos the same body gave Leeds United a ten point deduction when the club went into administration and went further by giving the club another fifteen point deduction to start there first season in football's third tier, Division One. This was the the first time the FL had served such a harsh punishment of a double deduction. The club, who's manager was Denis Wise at that time gave a two fingered salute by racking up five straight victories to finally get to zero points with a never be forgotten day against Hartlepool.
A further twist now is that sitting around the FL table is Shaun (works his socks off) Harvey, a former employee of the club is now making the decisions in League Headquarters. The judgement by them has taken nine months after their original one to turn Cellino down as he was not 'fit and proper' to run a football club. This was overturned on appeal but there has been enough noises coming out to say that like a dog with a bone they weren't going to let it go away.
This leaves the club and Cellino in somewhat of a 'rock and a hard place', the charge runs till March so do they agree with the judgement or spend a fair whack on lodging a appeal, which they could loose and incur whatever the FL decide to do. It may be better for Celliino to wait and then reapply when he has in their eyes 'served his time'. What annoys this fan is that more people own clubs that have a 'questionable past', not naming them but football is seemingly full of men who have earned money on the backs of others and exploited them also. They are seemingly untouched by the FL.
The Football League in my eyes have double standards and their treatment is not worthy of an association that is supposed to look after it's membership (the clubs). If Leeds did fall what would they do to help it's employees and fans. Mr Cellino though seems very determined to be around for some time as he made it quite plain on his latest interview, broadcast on Sky in the afternoon after the announcement. It is just another slap around the 'chops' for the long suffering fans and I just hope one day all we talk about is what happens on the field instead of matters off it. Well I can hope !.